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Creative Writing Prompts

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Need an idea to help you get started writing? You’ll find hundreds of fun writing prompts here – perfect for beginning a new novel or short story, or simply giving your writing muscle a workout.

Easter Bunny Ditches Eggs

After years of handing out dyed eggs, the Easter Bunny is in search of a new gift to give to kids. You’re a pitchman for a company who’s hoping to land the … Read more

Worst Pick-Up Line

Your friend tells you he can pick up any girl at the bar, no matter what he says. You bet him $100 he can’t. Create the world’s worst pick up line and … Read more

Traveling Pants

You drank a little too much green beer on St. Patrick’s Day and can’t remember the night. A friend calls to check up on you and fills you in on what happened—and why she has your pants. Read more

Nursery Rhyme

Rewrite a nursery rhyme (Three Blind Mice, Jack and Jill, etc.) from a character’s point of view. Read more

Dream Vacation

If you could take a trip anywhere in the world where would it be and why? Read more

Alphabet Poem

Write a 26-line poem using all the letters of the alphabet, where the first line starts with the letter “A,” the second “B,” the third “C,” etc., culminating with the final line starting with “Z.” Read more

The One That Got Away

You bump into an ex-lover on Valentine’s Day—the one whom you often call “The One That Got Away.” What happens? Read more

First Album

What was the first CD (or record or cassette) you ever purchased? Write about the way that particular album made you feel then. Write about how it makes you feel now. Read more

Career Change

You were recently laid off. Instead of moping around, you’ve viewed it as a chance to start fresh. Pick a new career and write about your first day on the job. Read more

Pet Peeve Punishment

What’s your number one pet peeve? Develop a punishment for anyone caught in the act. Read more

iPod Playlist

Take a character from one of your stories and examine his or her ipod playlist. What 10 songs best describe the character? Read more

U2 Concert

You’re at a U2 concert when you receive a text from a friend that says, “You’ll never believe what just happened to me!” In the form of a text chat, find out what happened to your friend. Read more

Resolutions 2009

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2009? Post them here and then at the end of the year, I’ll feature this in the newsletter and ask you to check in to see which ones you’ve accomplished and reflect on your writing year. Read more

Worst Present

What’s the worst present you’ve ever received? How did you react and what, ultimately, did you do with the gift? Read more

Parrot Threat

A man buys a parrot, and is horrified when he discovers the only thing it can say is, “If you ever tell anyone what you saw, I’ll kill you.” (submitted by Khara House) Read more

Bumper Sticker

You’ve been hired by a bumper sticker manufacturer to come up with ideas. Write a clever or witty phrase you’d love to see on a bumper sticker. (If you want, write several.) Read more

Stolen Parking Spot

You head to the mall for some holiday shopping and, just as you’re about to park, someone steals your parking spot. Do you do something for revenge or do you stay in the holiday spirit and not let it bother you—and let karma do the dirty work? Read more

Yesterday or Tomorrow

If you had to choose between yesterday and tomorrow, which would you pick and why?

Cash in a Shoebox

You’re cleaning out your garage and, hidden away in a back corner, you find an old shoebox. The box is heavier than it should be. When you open it up, you find cash—$40,000, to be exact. Where did the cash come from, who hid it there and why? Read more

WWII Veteran

You’re walking through a cemetery and you pass the grave of a World War II veteran. Write a scene from his life story. Read more

Famous Musician

You’re taking a business trip and, as luck would have it, you’re upgraded to first class—something you’ve never done before. As you sit down in your new, more comfortable chair, you notice that the person sitting next to you is a famous musician. Write this scene. Read more

Favorite Costume

Thinking back to your childhood and the many Halloween costumes you wore, which costume was your favorite and why? Read more

Igloo Amnesia

You awaken with amnesia in what looks to be an igloo. You have $4 and a rock in one pocket, and a toothbrush in the other. Someone is staring at you. Write this scene. Read more

Surprise Nickname

When out to lunch with co-workers, you bump into a close friend who refers to you by a nickname. Because of its unusualness, the nickname catches the interest of one of your co-workers who asks for the story behind it. Start your story with, “This may come as a surprise, but … ” and end it with, “And that’s how I got the nickname (fill in the blank).” Read more

Retirement Party

After 42 years with your company, the day has finally arrived: your last day of work. Your coworkers throw you a lunch retirement party. After cake, one coworker asks you to reflect on your years with the company. So you do—and you hold nothing back. Read more

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